Win2000 and Games?

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Ok i'm wondering a quick question. I hear win2k isn't good for games. I'm wondering, with a p4 1.7, 512mb rdram, and a geforce3, 40gig ibm deskstar, etc. Will games run really well on my system(I mean better then win millium)? I really want to go with win2k because i hear it's as stable as a rock.

Maybe i should wait for XP? could someone give me some info on this thanks.

ps.
Please no responses about getting an amd or etc.

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Oh, well, good question. I hadn't a pretty good experience with Win2K so I came back to Win 98. If you play old games like Worms Armageddon or Need For Speed 3-4, forget them if you go in Win 2K. It's not a OS to play games. But, maybe you will be more lucky than me.

Good luck!

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I've used win2k for almost a year now..and I think it works great for games...I've never had any problems. I think the setup you have will be the sheeit.
 

lhgpoobaa

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*shrugs* depends what your looking for.

i prefer to play a game at 60fps for hours on end using win2k compared to getting 65 frames a second in win98, but having it crash every half hour.

i have never hand good experiences with 98.
and ME is apparently not much better.

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I dunno.. win98 has been excellent as a gaming
platform for me.. I have issues with Win2K. I
think their multiprocessor kernel has some
serious bugs in it, even after SP1 (actually it
got worst after SP1). Win98SE on the other hand,
hasn't crashed on me in a while.. but I recently
had to re-install it because my dumb little
@home ISP kept insisting that it was my Win98
TCP/IP stack was corrupt when it was their fault
the whole time!

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You might find some compatibility issues with certain games (no matter what I do, I can't seem to install and run Thief II) ... but I have 12 other games installed, and they all run great. I've never had a game crash ... not once.

So the thing is ... if you have lots of older games, perhaps you should consider waiting on XP. But if you are running newer games, Win2k should do fine for the most part. Even if the OS doesn't necessarily run a particular game that well ... you can almost always run that game in a compatibility mode.

What it <i>can</i> run ... it will run very well. And it <i>is</i> a pretty solid OS. Much less crash-prone than Win98, as long as you have the latest drivers for your system.

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""i have never hand good experiences with 98.
and ME is apparently not much better""

So, from what you are saying, you did not even try ME to begin with, why are you bashing it then? I am playing FPS games whole nights long on line and nothing happens. Plus web browsing is nothing even close that is with win98, no lockups and such. So, try it before you say bad stuff about it.


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lhgpoobaa

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i was refering generally about peoples opinions of it...
and i know personally of 3 friends/aquaintences that have it, 2 complain about it all the time and the other meerly grumbles quietly.
no... tell a lie *thinks* a guy at work tried it. removed it within the week.

i know 4 is a small statistical sample, but 3 unhappy users out of 4 is highly suggestive.
If it works for you im happy,
but since 2k is working fine for me, i dont want to tempt any fate.


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I really depends on the game. I use a dual boot system (actually, triple boot) for just that reason. Win2k is faster on 2d games, win98 has better driver support and is usually faster on the 3d games. The difference is around 10%. You can check out <A HREF="http://www.ntcompatible.com" target="_new">http://www.ntcompatible.com</A> if you want to see which games will work under 2k. There's a few of them that are wrong, but it's a good guide.
 

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The general rule is this:

Virtually <b>all</b> new games support win2k and run flawlessly on it.

<b>Most</b> games from the past 2-3 years will run fine on win2k

<b>Most</b> Older DOS games will run, albeit with a good deal of OS tweaking.

I've used both Win98 and Win2K extensively - don't believe what people say, for the vast majority of games there is no <b>noticable</b> difference in performance, save that Win2K is far more stable.

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I use my laptop quite a bit, and needless to say it doesn't have a GTS card in it. Commandos, Aoe2, Icewind Dale, and Diablo 2 run faster in win2k than win98; but now that's using direct draw on a 2meg Neomagic card. Unreal Tourney/Deusex loses a few fps on my desktop (with a GTS pro), but since I'm still above 30fps, I couldn't really care all that much less.

If you're playing Deus Ex on a Pentium 2 266 w/ 96 meg EDO ram and a Voodoo2, then you'll most likely hate win2k performance over win98.
 

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Dont worry, I was just kidding. But if seriously, WinME is the same way now as Win98 was when it was just released. Lots of people were "having problems" with it and were "moving back" to Win95. So it takes a little time to learn all ins and outs to be able to work with it in the right way. All my friends that bought the PCs recently have WinME on them and none is complaining for some reason. And the funny thing is that they are no gurus with PCs at all, average users. Just point and click.

So, I think most "problems" are happening with "power users" that are screwing with the system a lot. Well, naff said, have fun.


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Well...When I just put win2k back on, Need for speed 3 or 4 just won't work on it. I don't play too many games, so I can't comment on this.

Just one suggestion. Why dont 'you dual boot? It is not much trouble, and you have a 40 gig hard drive :0

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Well, thank you much for the suggestion, even I have dual boot option, I mostly play with WinME anyway, cos I have a kid who plays his games there. And for all things that I do WinME is really does the job well. The only times I boot into Win2k is when I have to play with coding and learning (but that I do mostly on my other server machine). All other time I am playing and browsing.
Yeah and NFS wont work on Win2k (yet another reason I mostly use WinME)

Post, we'll do the "search"... :wink: